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Chris Rock: Hollywood Is a 'White Industry,' Addresses Race in LA

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 Dec 2014 08:40 PM

Chris Rock shared his views about race in Hollywood in an article for the Dec. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, calling it "a white industry."

“Just as the NBA is a black industry. I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. It just is,” he wrote.

Rock wrote about working with Eddie Murphy on “Beverly Hills Cop II” and about his efforts to help emerging black artists.

“I try to help young black guys coming up because those people took chances on me,” Rock wrote. “Eddie didn't have to put me in 'Beverly Hills Cop II.' Keenen Wayans didn't have to put me in ‘I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.’ Arsenio didn't have to let me on his show. I'd do the same for a young white guy, but here's the difference: Someone's going to help the white guy. Multiple people will. The people whom I've tried to help, I'm not sure anybody was going to help them.”

He also addressed the status of Hispanics in Los Angeles.

“But forget whether Hollywood is black enough,” Rock wrote. “A better question is: Is Hollywood Mexican enough? You're in L.A, you've got to try not to hire Mexicans. It's the most liberal town in the world, and there's a part of it that's kind of racist … just an acceptance that there's a slave state in L.A. There's this acceptance that Mexicans are going to take care of white people in L.A. that doesn't exist anywhere else.”

Rock is known for being vocal about race. In an interview with Frank Rich for New York magazine, he called the notion of racial progress nonsense.

“When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense,” Rock said. “There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before. So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years.”

Rock’s new movie “Top Five” opens next week.

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